Anantnag, Apr 17: National Conference on Tuesday said PDP’s “sellout” and recurring “ideological U-turns” had pushed Kashmir into the throes of instability and turmoil as thousands of young men stood disenchanted and pushed into a corner.
Addressing the Party’s South Zone meeting at Anantnag today, Senior National Conference Leader and Party’s South Zone President, Sakina Ittoo said the deteriorating law and order situation and the unabated spate of civilian killings was a manifestation of PDP’s politics of deceit and rank opportunism.
The meeting which was attended by Senior NC leaders, legislators and office bearers included Sakina Ittoo, MLA Pahalgam Altaf Kaloo, MLA Homshalibug Abdul Majeed Bhat (Larmi), Peerzada Ghulam Ahmed Shah, Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri, Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Mohiuddin Mir, Dr. Shafi Syed, Imran Nabi Dar, Safdar Khan, Constituency In-charge functionaries and Block Presidents of the party.
“Bloodshed in the Valley since the past three years has failed to awaken the sleeping conscience of PDP as it continues to hold on to power at great costs to the State’s stability and peace. This is the same party that sought votes to keep BJP out of power and then went on to create false moral smokescreens to sell the 2014 mandate to the BJP. Every single promise made by PDP ahead of the 2014 elections and then in their ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ stands broken. PDP has shattered the faith that it had sought from the people in 2014 and is the primary culprit in pushing young boys towards violence and turmoil”, Sakina Ittoo said while addressing the meeting.
The NC South Zone President also expressed anguish and sorrow on behalf of the party over the horrific rape and murder of an eight year old child in Kathua and said this too was a matter of shame for the PDP as the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities in Jammu had been at the receiving end of harassment and dispossession ever since the PDP-BJP Govt took over. “Had Mehbooba Mufti acted when Chaudhary Lal Singh threatened Gujjars and Bakerwals with a repeat of 1947 two years ago — perhaps things wouldn’t have come to this pass. PDP’s complete surrender and appeasement of rabid voices has emboldened those divisive forces who want to pitch people of one region and religion against people of another region and religion. This alliance has created an unprecedented wedge between Jammu and Kashmir regions and continues to polarize people to reap political dividends. We demand nothing short of the capital punishment to the culprits in the Kathua case and wont allow justice to be subverted”, the Senior NC leader added.
“One one hand you have Mehbooba Mufti singing praises of the Prime Minister at every possible instance and then you have her brother, Tassaduq Mufti openly admitted that the PDP and BJP were ‘partners in crime’ and responsible for bloodshed in the State. Many conscientious voices within the PDP are speaking up and showing Mehbooba Mufti a mirror she is reluctant to see. Her alliance with the BJP has brought nothing but misery and humiliation for the State and its people. Mehbooba Mufti should remember her promises, her dharnas and her shrill rhetoric as an opposition leader and introspect about her historically disappointing role in bartering the interests of the people of J&K to become Chief Minister”, Sakina Itoo further said.
The Senior NC Leaders and Legislators conducted an extensive review of the organizational initiatives and activities of the party in South Kashmir and asked the party functionaries to continue reaching out to the youth and engage them towards the goal of ridding the State of the menace of opportunism, corruption, nepotism and injustice.
Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works
Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.
Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed
Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.
Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt
Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.